Birdman, Unbroken, The Last 5 Years: 4 May new DVDs

It's fight or flight for Michael Keaton, a struggle to survive for Jack O'Connell, and Anna Kendrick relives a relationship through song

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BIRDMAN (15)
★★★★★

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The toast of this year’s Oscars, this brilliant and bewildering black comedy earned Michael Keaton a well-overdue first Oscar nomination for his turn as a former superhero-movie star trying to wing it in the theatre world. And any resemblance between Keaton’s Birdman alter ego and a certain Caped Crusader is, of course, purely coincidental (honest). 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


UNBROKEN (15)
★★★★

Angelina Jolie moves behind the camera to tell the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini. Bafta Rising Star award-winner Jack O’Connell shines as the American Olympic athlete whose real test of resolve came during the war: after his plane was shot down, he spent weeks lost at sea, and was then interned in a brutal Japanese PoW camp. Hero doesn’t even begin to cover it. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


THE LAST 5 YEARS (12)
★★★

This is what you call a real musical, in that there’s more singing than actual speaking. It’s not a novel concept – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Les Misérables, Evita and Tommy have all been there, done that – but it does make big demands on its performers. Fortunately, Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan are more than up to the job, as each takes a different perspective on their five-year love affair.  

Formats: DVD and download


ELSA & FRED (12)
★★★

Although released in cinemas last week, this gentle and charming movie is probably better suited to small-screen viewing. Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer play the titular oldsters (she’s a bit loopy; he’s really grumpy) given a last chance at romance. Scott Bakula, George Segal and James Brolin add pep to the supporting cast.

Formats: DVD and download


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